Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

Thesaurus

explain

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of explain

  1. 1 to make plain or understandable <a pamphlet that explains the medical procedure in language that any layperson can understand> Synonyms clarify, clear (up), construe, demonstrate, demystify, elucidate, explicate, expound, get across, illuminate, illustrate, interpret, simplify, spell out, unriddle Related Words decipher, decode; analyze, break down; disentangle, undo, unravel, unscramble, untangle; resolve, solve; define, specify; annotate, commentate, gloss Near Antonyms befog, cloud; confound, confuse, obfuscate Antonyms obscure

  2. 2 to give the reason for or cause of <can you explain your very odd behavior at the wedding reception?> Synonyms account (for), attribute, explain away, rationalize Related Words condone, excuse, forgive, justify; absolve, acquit, exculpate, exonerate, vindicate





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up explain? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

expressing little or no emotion

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ